Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, 22 days

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Itinarary: Tashkent — Bukhara — Samarkand — Baysun — Khorog — Murgab-
Osh — Suusamyr — Issyk-Kul Lake — Karakol — Bishkek — Almaty

Duration: 22 days / 21 nights

Tour: Cultural trip; Along Great Silk Road

Group size: 10 — 15 persons

Accommodation: on twin basis

 

Description:  During Silk Road Tour in Central Asia, you will have opportunity to visit ancient cities flourished when caravans carrying goods from East to West and back passed through these cities and brought wealth to their inhabitants. In Uzbekistan, the tour passes through Tashkent, Bukhara and Samarkand – the biggest historical centers in Central Asia. In Tajikistan, you can explore the main cities. In Kyrgyzstan, you can enjoy the beauty of Central Tien-Shan Mountains and see cultural complex situated on Great Silk Road passed through Kyrgyzstan as well as in Kazakhstan.

 

Program:

Day Itinerary: Meals Accommodation
1   Uzbekistan: Tashkent- Bukhara

Arrive in Tashkent airport in early morning, transfer to the hotel. Tashkent is the cosmopolitan city in the heart of Central Asia, the crossroad of different cultures.

Breakfast at local café.

Start tour in capital of Uzbekistan:             

—        Hast Imam Complex consisting of Khazrat Imam Mosque, Barak Khan Madrasah, Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum, Tilla Sheikh Mosque; and Museum of Koran of Caliph Othman from 7th c.;

—        Tashkent Metro;

—        Independence Square,

—        Victory Monument,

—        Romanov Palace,

—        Amir Temur Square;

—        Museum of Applied Arts;

Transfer to railway station for the overnight train to Bukhara. (550km)

Night on board. Meals: breakfast.

 

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Night in train.

2   Bukhara

Breakfast at hotel.

Bukhara is known as Central Asia’s most ancient living city, as Morocco in the Middle East, explore gems of Islamic Monumental heritage in Central Asia. City tour:

—        Citadel Ark,

—        Bolo Khauz Mosque,

—        ChashmaAyub Mausoleum

—        The “pearl of the east” Mausoleum of Samanids

—        Kalon Mosque;

—        Kalon Minaret;

—        Mir Arab Madrasah;

—        Toki Zargaron – cupola of jewelers, 

—        Abdulla khan Tim – a center of silk trade;

Overnight in Bukhara. Meals: breakfast.

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Modarihon hotel 3*

3   Bukhara 

Breakfast at hotel.  

Continue city tour:

—        Summer Palace of Last Rulers of Bukhara Emirate;

—        Bahautdin Nakshband Complex, pilgrimage site for Muslims.

—        Chor Bakr Necropolis

—        Chor Minor Madrasah;

Free time to explore on your own.

Overnight in the hotel. Meals: breakfast.

 

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Modarihon hotel 3*

4   Bukhara — Smarkand (280 km, 4 – 5 hrs)

Breakfast at hotel.

Drive to Samarkand by old Silk Route. En route photo stop at 12th c Caravanserai and Sardoba remains.

City tour in the former capital of the Great Empire of Tamerlane, the place which attracted Alexander the Great, Marco Polo, and other thousand visitors around the world.

—        Gur-Emir mausoleum,

—        Registan Square consisting of Ulugbek Madrassah, SherdorMadrassah and Tilla-Kari Madrassah. 

—        Museum of History based at mansion of Kalantarov;

Overnight in Samarkand. Meals: breakfast.

 

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Malika Prime 3*

5   Smarkand

Breakfast at hotel.

—        Museum of Ulugbek’s observatory;  

—        Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis,

—        Bibi-Khanum Mosque

—        Siyab bazaar;

—        Mausoleum of Saint Daniel;

Overnight at hotel.

 

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Malika Prime 3*

6   Samarkand – Baysun

Breakfast. Transfer to Baysun for further border crossing to Tadjikistan (275 km, 4 hrs of driving) in Surkhandarya region of Uzbekistan. Road goes through the mountains of Pamir Range.

Overnight in Hoe Stay.

 

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Home Stay

7   Baysun – Uzbek – Tajik Border — Dushanbe (Tajikistan)

Pick up at Uzbek-Tajik border (check point Bratstvo, Tajik side of the border) – cross the border on foot- than by car via Tursunzade to Dushanbe (from the border to Dushanbe is about 70 km).  

Dushanbe city tour on foot (visit bazaar, National museum of antiquities (can see a 13 m in length, weighting 5,5 tons sculpture of Buddha (also known as the «Sleeping Buddha»). Since the Talibanin Afghanistan destroyed the largest Bamiyan Buddhas in March 2001, the «Tajik» Buddha is the largest ancient Buddha statue in Central Asia), Ethnography  museum (collections showing the working clothes and festive costumes, kitchenware for everyday use and special occasions, woodwork, bags for various purposes, weaponry, carpets, decorative felts, mats, embroidery, pottery, and more),  art saloon, overnight hotel. Overnight hotel.

 

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Hotel 3*

8   Dushanbe — Kalaykhumb

By car Dushanbe-Kulyab-Shurabad-Kalaykhumb (about 380 km). Overnight home stay, about 9-10 hrs in the car, overnight home stay

 

B, L, D

 

Home Stay

9   Kalaykhumb — Khorog

By car Kalaykhumb — Rushan -Khorog (about 240 km, 6-7 hrs in the car), overnight guest house. During the way is possible to see Panj River, beautiful nature, local settlements (kishlak). Short city tour in Khorog Pamirs Botanical garden. Overnight hotel or guest house

 

B, L, D

 

Home Stay

10   Khorog — Lyangar

By car Khorog- GarmChashma Thermal Springs – Ishkashim – Bibi Fatima Thermal Springs and ruins of Yamchun Zoroastrian Fortress (II B.C.)- Lyangar Village (just opposite Wakhan Corridor from Afghan Side), overnight home stay

 

B, L, D

 

Home Stay

11   Lyangar — Murgab

By car Lyangar Village –Khurgush Pass -Sasykkul Lake- Bulunkul Lake- Alichur Valley-Murgab, overnight home stay

 

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Home Stay

12   Murgab – Osh (Kyrgyzstan)

By car Murgab – Kyzyl Art Pass (Tajik-Kyrgyz border, end of our service at Tajik border’s check point) – Allay Valley – Sarytash Settlement – Osh. Overnight in Home Stay.

 

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Home Stay

13   Osh – Chychkan Gorge on the way to Bishkek

City tour in Osh: visit Suleiman-Too (Solomon’s Mountain), museum, Osh bazaar – this market locates at the same place as in the times of Great Silk Road. Start to Chychkan Gorge (450 km, 7 hrs) via Toktogul water reserve. Overnight in the Guest House.   Meals: breakfast

 

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Guest House

14   Chychkan Gorge – Suusamyr – Bishkek (251 km, 4 hrs)

Drive to Bishkek via Suusamyr valley, 4 hrs. Lunch in Bishkek. Check-in the hotel. Refresh and afternoon

City tour in Bishkek: visit of State History Museum, Fine Art, Osh Bazar, Bishkek Park, Main Ala-Too Square and Presidential House. Overnight in the hotel 4*.  Meals: breakfast

 

 

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Mary Hotel 4*

15   Bishkek — Issyk-Kul lake

Transfer to Cholpon-Ata, northern side of Issyk-Kul lake (4 hrs) on the way visit Burana Tower (X-XI Century). Visit of Cultural Complex ‘Ruh Ordo” and Petroglyph’s on open air. Rest on the shore of the lake. Overnight in the Resort Centre. Meals: breakfast

 

 

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Karven Four Season Resort 4*

16   Issyk-Kul – Karakol

Breakfast. Transfer to Karakol along northern side of Issyk-Kul lake (140 km, 4 hrs).  On the way excursion to Grigorivskoye Gorge by entering to Grigorievskoye Gorge and exiting from Semenovskoye gorge (50 km, 1 hour). Upon arrival to Karakol visit Prejevalskiy Museum. Afternoon visit Dungan mosque (built in 1910 years), Cathedral of the Holy Trinity (XVIIII cen.). Dinner in local café. Accommodation in the Hotel 3*. Meals: breakfast.

 

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Green Yard Guest House

17   Karakol —  Altyn-Arashan – Karakol

Full day excursion to Altyn-Arashan Gorge to the one of the amazing beauty gorge in Issyk-Kul lake area at the altitude of 2600 m, in a broad valley with pine forests, green meadows and fragrant flowers, on the right bank, is a small resort «Altyn-Arashan» («Golden Source»).

Return to Karakol and overnight in Hotel. Meals: breakfast, packed lunch.

 

 

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Green Yard Guest House

18   Karakol —  Bishkek

Transfer to Bishkek (395 km, 5 hrs). On the way visit Jety-Oguz Gorge, see seven red stone mountains and Broken Hurt mountains. Arrival ti Bishkek and rest. Overnight in the hotel. Meals: breakfast

 

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Mary Hotel 4*

19   Bishkek – Almaty (Kazahstan)

Meeting with guide on Korday border. Transfer to Almaty, Check in.

Dinner in the local restaurant. Overnight in Almaty hotel.

Meals: breakfast, dinner

 

B — D

 

 

Kaz Jol Hotel 4*

 

20   Almaty

Breakfast. Sightseeing in Almaty (6 hours): Panfilov Park, Zenkov cathedral, Green Bazar. Central State Museum, Medeo

Dinner in the local restaurant. Meals: breakfast, dinner

 

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Kaz Jol Hotel 4*

 

21   Almaty – Charyn Canion

Breakfast. Tour to Charyn Canyon (9-10 hours).

Return to Almaty.  Dinner in the local restaurant. Transfer to the hotel. Rest time. Meals: breakfast, dinner

 

B — D

 

 

Kaz Jol Hotel 4*

 

22   Flight to home country

Breakfast. Check out. Transfer to the airport.

   

 

Price is available by request.

 

Contact us:

Silk Road & Kyrgyz Guided Trips LLC

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

189 Tynystanova str., 720000

Requests: silkroadtrip.com@gmail.com

Tel:  +996 312 883644 land line

Whatsapp: +996 557 799683

Web site: http://silkroad-trip.com/

 

Program price includes:

Uzbek Part:

Services included:

  1. Accommodation based on double room share at 3 star hotels
  • Tashkent-Bukhara — night in train
  • Bukhara     — Modarihon hotel 3*, Rangrez Hotel 3* or equal level
  • Samarkand   — Malika Prime 3* or equal level
  • Baysun – Home Stay
  1. Meals: breakfast
  2. Transportation on comfortable a/c minibus — MIDIBUS MITSUBISHI FUSO (20 seater) or TOYOTA Hiece 14 seater
  3. 4 berth class ticket on train to Bukhara from Tashkent
  4. Domestic flight ticket Tashkent – Bukhara
  5. German speaking ESCORT tour guide
  6. Visa Invitation letter (LOI) for Uzbek visa
  7. Entrance tickets to historical sights, monuments and museums
  8. Mineral water
  9. Memorable souvenirs

Not Included:

  • International flight to Tashent
  • Domestic flight Tashkent – Bukhara if desire to fly – 85 USD per person
  • Consular visa fee for Uzbek visa
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Camera/Photo charges
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities, Portage

Notes:

  • Road from Samarkand to Dushanbe is under complete reconstruction and driving will be long and slower that’s why we planned to make a 1 night stop between Smarkand and Dushanbe in Baysun village instead of Denau.

Tajikistan Part

Services included:

  1. Accommodation based on double room share as mentioned in the program
  • Dushanbe: Kayon or Poytaht hotel
  1. Meals: full board
  2. Transportation on Jeeps 4 WD by Toyata / Rexton — maximum 4 persons in the car (1 person near the driver and 3 persons at backseat) with the luggage)
  3. English speaking ESCORT tour guide
  4. Entrance tickets to historical sights, monuments and museums
  5. Bottled water 1,5 ltr per person per day
  6. Visa support letter

Not Included:

  • Tourist visa – 20 USD + GBAO permit (directly in Tajik embassy abroad);
  • Camera/Photo charges
  • Personal expenses
  • Medical insurance policy

Notes:

  • Accommodation at the city (Dushanbe) is at the “normal” hotels with “standard” facilities (hot water, toilet etc)
  • Accommodation at the countryside — Sanitary conditions are basic and on 2 persons and more in 1 room could be in Home Stays.
  • Accommodation in Home Stay in Pamir area might be on the floor. Necessary to be ready – especially if staying in private guesthouse (home stay) in the countryside for the absence of hot and running water and (squat) pit toilets which is as a rule out of the home’s building, at the garden… In some guesthouses (home stay) there are beds, in some – just mattresses on the floor and all member of the group can sleep all together in one big room on the floor…
  • About sleeping bag.

It is recommended you to have your own (personal) sleeping bag, because mountain road is very unpredictable. Besides, we can not give you 100 % guaranty that mattresses at the home stay will be ideally clean, that is why better to put their own sleeping bag to this mattress… The same situation with towels.

  • About electricity.

In theory, accommodation places in the countryside have electricity. But it does not mean “automatically” that in practice it’ll be so… Sometimes there is the problem with electricity in some places but it is very unpredictable….

Kyrgyzstan Part

Services included:

  1. Accommodation based on double room share
  • Osh    — Home Stay
  • Bishkek  — Mary Hotel 4* or equal level
  • Issyk-Kul lake (Cholpon-Ata)  — Karven Four Season Resort 4* or equal level
  • Karakol – Green Yard Hotel 3*
  1. Meals: breakfast, packed lunch on day 10 and day 14
  2. Transportation on comfortable a/c minibus from Kyzart to Kazak border “Korday”
  3. 4 WD Russian truck UAZ – 66 for Altyn –Arashan Hot Spring excursion on day 17 because of off road and mountainous road condition
  4. German speaking ESCORT tour guide
  5. Entrance tickets to historical sights, monuments and museums
  6. Bottled water 1,5 ltr per person per day
  7. Memorable souvenirs

Not Included:

  • Lunch and dinner – 13 USD per person per day
  • Camera/Photo charges
  • Personal expenses
  • Medical insurance policy

Kazakhstan Part

Services included:

  1. Accommodation based on double room share
  • Almaty    — Kaz Jol Hotel 4* or equal level
  1. Meals: Half board (breakfast and dinner)
  2. Transportation on comfortable a/c minibus 
  3. English speaking ESCORT tour guide
  4. Entrance tickets to historical sights, monuments and museums
  5. Mineral water

Not Included:

  • International flight
  • Lunch
  • Camera/Photo charges
  • Personal expenses
  • Medical insurance policy

Notes:

  • In case of early check-in on day 1, extra night for the accommodation is charged
  • It is recommended to have warm closes due to cool weather in mountain area.
  • Four or five star hotels can be arranged by request, but the program price will be changed accordingly.
  • Suggested program can be changed or individualized according to your interests
  • Payment for agreed and confirm package should be made not less than 20 days prior to tourist group arrival as per invoice